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Celebrating LGBT History Month in February

Celebrating LGBT History Month Introduction In February, help us to mark LGBT History Month by joining us at our free lunchtime event celebrating LGBTQ writers who all have a strong Fitzrovia connection. The writers The audio presentation, held on Friday 16 February at 13:00, will include contributions from the treasured works of writers including Rupert Brooke, Katherine Mansfield, Oscar Wilde and Paul Verlaine. All these renowned writers have their own association with Fitzrovia. New Zealand-born Mansfield lived and went to school in the area and Verlaine lived with his lover Rimbaud in Howland Street. Culture and history The LGBT History...
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Fitzrovia Chapel Event and Operations Manager

Fitzrovia Chapel Event and Operations Manager We’re looking for an Event and Operations Manager who will care for, promote and cherish the unique Fitzrovia Chapel as much as our dedicated team of staff, volunteers and supporters. We’ve picked out a few words to explain some of the most important things about the chapel. Who we are The phrase most used to describe us is ‘hidden gem’. That’s because the chapel is a beautifully restored Grade II* listed building, one that has the capacity to amaze and enthral. Part of the former Middlesex Hospital (but never consecrated), the chapel includes ornate...
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Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories at the Chapel

Rudyard Kipling is one of our best-known, late-Victorian poets and storytellers. He spent the first years of his life in India, remembering it in later years as almost a paradise and as inspiration for his treasured Just So Stories. Join us under our glorious golden ceiling to hear a recording of these charming tales. This is an event to mark the anniversary of the death of Rudyard Kipling. He died in the former Middlesex Hospital on 18 January 1936 and his body was laid out in the chapel until he was buried at Westminster Abbey in Poets’ Corner. Event details:...
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Christmas at the chapel with Dylan Thomas

As part of our Lineage programme celebrating the cultural history of Fitzrovia, we present A Child’s Christmas in Wales. This iconic festive piece was recorded in New York before celebrated Welsh poet, former resident of Fitzrovia and writer Dylan Thomas died there at the age of 39.   This event is part of our Wireless Contemplation series. We’d like to thank Derwent London Community Programme for their support. Event details: Friday 15 December, 13:00, free entry, part of our #Lineage programme

Looking for Alice

Looking For Alice is an award-winning project by British photographer Sian Davey, which tells the story of her daughter Alice and their family. Alice was born with Down’s Syndrome, but is no different to any other little girl or indeed human being. She feels what we all feel. Their family is also like many other families, and Sian’s portraits of Alice and their daily life are both intimate and familiar. “My family is a microcosm for the dynamics occurring in many other families. Previously as a psychotherapist I have listened to many stories and it is interesting that what has...
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The Ward on World Aids Day

To mark World Aids Day on Friday 1 December, we are opening The Ward exhibition for a further opportunity to view it before it closes on Sunday. You can visit between 18:30 and 20:30. On the last day of the exhibition, the photographer Gideon Mendel will take one image of visitors, families, patients, volunteers and staff who were associated with the original ward at the former Middlesex Hospital.

Donate your coat and help wrap up London

Wrap Up London is back. For the seventh year running, they are collecting your old, unwanted coats and giving them to charities that support the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence (to name a few). Between 12:00 and 14:00 on Friday 24 November, you can bring those coats along to the chapel for distribution to the great causes supported by Wrap Up London. Help us keep vulnerable people warm this winter by donating a coat this November! More information on Wrap Up London here:

Tour The Ward with Gideon Mendel

Join photographer Gideon Mendel for a walk through his exhibition, The Ward, at The Fitzrovia Chapel on Sunday 12 November at 14:30. In1993, Gideon Mendel spent a number of weeks photographing the Broderip and Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital as part of the ‘Positive Lives’ project. The Broderip was the first AIDS ward in London and was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales in 1987, this year marking the 30th anniversary of its opening. This was the era before antiretroviral medications had become available, a very distinct and tragic time. All of the patients on the wards, many of...
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